December 9

TODAY IS…

a fine day to speak up.

“Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others He has redeemed you from your enemies.”  Psalm 107:2 NLT

God works for all who invite Him into their lives.

Many of us have had long, wonderful relationships with Him and our list of things that we have to thank Him for is quite long. Still others have perhaps just recently come to Christ and have not quite the same length list, but perhaps they have a truly amazing story of redemption and restoration to share with others.

“Some wandered in desert wasteland, finding no way to a city where they could settle.” (Psalm 107:4 NIV). Perhaps this describes us. Maybe we have not been literally homeless, but we have not felt “at home” spiritually and have wandered aimlessly. If this tells your tale, then you need to share with others where you were able to get the help you so desperately sought.

“Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains…” (Psalm 107:10 NIV). Perhaps we have known what it is like to be immobilized by fear, anxiety, tragedy, or loss – any one of numerous things can make us feel as if we are prisoners, and in a way we are. Those of us who have turned to God and asked for His help have seen what He can do if we allow Him to come into our hearts and take over our lives. We owe it to others to speak up and share the source of our joy, peace, and happiness.

Perhaps this better describes our particular situation before we came to Christ: “Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins.” (Psalm 107:17 NLT). Maybe we were immoral, self-centered people who sought only our own pleasure and concerned ourselves only with our own appetites. If God has intervened and shone His light on a new path that has taught you morality and selflessness, you owe it to those around you to share your experiences and hold out the same offer of hope to them.

Redemption and restoration are wonderful gifts that are available to everyone. We may go through life thinking that everyone knows this but we would probably be surprised at how many do not know, or are not yet convinced.

Perhaps our speaking out will be the impetus that they need to take the steps that will change their lives in ways they never fully understood.

Your voice can show another that “With God’s help we will do mighty things, for He will trample down our foes.” (Psalm 108:13 NLT). Even when we are our own biggest foe!

Today is a fine day, indeed, to speak up and let others know what the Lord has done for you.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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